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Jim Ross has posted a new blog entry, here are the highlights…
On Brock Lesnar and The WWE Title Picture: Who’s next for WWE Champion Brock Lesnar? Lots of people are wondering…. I say don’t count out a ‘regrouped’ John Cena which makes great sense to me. Others could include to varying degrees Cesaro, Big Show, Mark Henry and a surprise entrant/possibility that I talk about on the Grande Podcast this week. For those wondering, It’s WAY too early for Roman Reigns to get into the WWE World Title hunt IMO. He’s a work in progress but has a great foundation on which to build. Building the Perfect Beast takes time which some younger, less patient fans don’t want to hear. Nonetheless, this is the perfect opportunity for John Cena to return to RAW next week and perhaps give us a peek into what he may change in his presentation and approach the next time he fights Lesnar which will be at the Night of Champions in September. Cena does not need a wholesale make over but some subtle tweaks would be timely.
On Paul Heyman: @HeymanHustle promo Monday night on RAW is the foundation as to why Brock Lesnar can be a marketable and huge money drawing WWE World Champion and not have to be at every TV. Heyman can represent Lesnar and keep the Beast Incarnate relevant which in turn keeps and maintains Heyman’s status in WWE as arguably their most unsung MVP. There’s absolutely no one else in the business that can fill Heyman’s shoes. If an aspiring wrestler/manager/announcer want to learn their craft consume as much of Heyman’s oratory as possible.
On TNA’s TV Situation: Seems like it is approaching Crunch Time for Impact Wrestling to find a TV home for the foreseeable future. The fall season is rapidly approaching. I’m hoping that Spike and Impact strike a deal to keep the wrestling brand on Wednesdays away from the NFL and continue to do business. Even though some uninformed types feel that I don’t like Impact, nothing could be farther from the truth. Many networks would love to have a show that will consistently deliver 1M plus viewers every week in prime time one has to think.
On His Podcast: Next Tuesday night at 9 pm eastern, my guest will be my former broadcast partner Tony Schiavone and we cover LOTS of ground from the early days of our wrestling careers while working together for Jim Crockett Promotions and in WCW. Another superb show featuring a great guest. In two weeks my conversation with the legendary Stan Hansen airs on the Ross Report which I loved recording. All our scheduled guests are listed for your review on the home page of this website. Tuesday night I recorded a fun podcast with former WWE, WCW and TNA writer and now college professor Ed Ferrara and we talked about the Attitude Era, Why Ed and Vince Russo bolted WWE for WCW, the Attitude Era, the early days of TNA and much, much more.